ON THE ROCKKS

Weekend On Instagram | 5.15.16

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend! My work schedule was really light so I had a lot of time to relax and explore. No matter how comfortable I am here, I love that there is still always a new place to see. 

I recently started to build an Instagram for this blog, in hopes of adding a more visual component to it. And to introduce the Instagram, I figured I would show you all my weekend through my Instagram! @ontherocks.me

First, I took a trip down to the West Village to CHALAIT to try their matcha iced latte. I had never had matcha before and was so excited to finally try it. It was well worth the trip. My friend grabbed a latte as well and raved about it all afternoon. 

We walked around West Village for a while until the weather turned a bit stormy and I headed home to relax and do some work. 

Next, Sunday morning I woke up and headed straight out to meet a friend for coffee down in the East Village. I hardly ever spend time downtown, as most of my life is uptown but, it was so fun to get out of the rut. I was running a little late so I threw on my Birkenstocks thinking that it was sunny and warm. I was so wrong! But, I was already running late so I just stuck it out. 


We headed for The Coffee Project on 2nd Ave & E 5th St. They are famous for their Deconstructed Latte, which I’ve had before and love. This time I tried their cold brew Nitrus Flight. The coffee is affordable, excellent, and the baristas rock. We grabbed turkey and ham croissants as well for a nice brunch. 


Lastly, I came home and drew a bath for myself on Sunday while I had a couple of hours before heading to work. I used my Guardian of the Forest bath bomb which smells like green tea. I relaxed a while before heading into work. 


Be sure to follow Instagram @ontherocks.me for all of the on-the-go snaps of life! 

Until next time. 

Xoxo, 

Kat 

3 Things You Shouldn’t Wear to the Airport

Ahh, the airport, one of my favorite places to be. It either means I’m headed off to an adventure or about to return home to my bed (which either way is very exciting). I love packing, snacking, and people watching, which makes why I love the airport pretty obvious.

After years of traveling alone I have basically got my airport style down to a science. Starting out with very little consideration for how I dressed to now wearing almost the exact same thing every time, I have come a long way. Through this trial-and-error process, I have narrowed down some simple things you shouldn’t wear to the airport.

Lots of/Any jewelry or a belt:

Jewelry, belts, and other metal accessories will all take up time getting through airport security. Often times you might forget to take something off and have to spend additional time at TSA to realize you left your big watch on. Not to mention, it will take more time to put it all back on. If you insist on wearing jewelry, keep what you want to wear in your carry-on and put it on after you are cleared through TSA.

Lace-up shoes:

Again, this adds time at TSA. Not only are you inconveniencing the people behind you, you’re adding unnecessary stress to your travel experience. Opt for slip-on sneakers (+ socks because no one likes smelly feet), Birkenstocks, or something easy to get you through TSA.

A giant handbag full of stuff as your additional carry-on:

This is especially relevant to those of us who only do carry-on. If you have your carry-on luggage and then try to put all of your other things like liquids, cosmetics, etc. in your purse and lug that around you will be miserable. Use a backpack and put your purse in either your carry-on or your backpack and take it out when you get to your destination. The backpack is easy to carry, transport, and fits a lot more with better organization. For those of us who check luggage, this might not be as necessary since most of your stuff can go in your luggage but, I still recommend a backpack for everything you bring on the plane with you! Backpacks zip completely, which prevents your stuff from spilling everywhere if your bag falls over.

 

What I’m Reading | A Little Life

Hey guys!

So, I wanted to do a different post today and talk about what I am currently reading! I had this book recommended to me and wanted to share it with all of you. The book is called A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It was published in 2015 and boasts 832 pages.

A summary of the book that I have quoted from GoodReads.com (to be sure I don’t release any additional spoilers):  “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.” 

It’s a very long read that you can very easily fall into for hours on end (perfect for a long flight). It is complex, compelling, and explores the levels and layers of friendship forged over decades that is rooted in the deepest of loves.

I am so in love with this book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book that really will pull at your heartstrings.

Until next time.

Xo,

Kat

 

REVIEW: Lush Cosmetics Shampoo Bar 

Hey guys! Today I’m reviewing one of the Lush Cosmetics shampoo bars: Montalbano! As you know, I work for Lush and so I’ve been eyeing the shampoo bars for some time now. 

The other day on my way out I decided to pick one up and give it a go in honor of Earth Day! Making shampoo bars versus bottled liquids help save 118,000 gallons of water each year. (They are also EXCELLENT for travel, as they are a solid product. Lush even sells tins that fit the bars!) 

These little genius bars retail at $10.95 USD and come in a variety of scents/styles. You get anywhere from 60-90 washes depending on variables such as how much you use, length, and thickness of your hair amoung others. 

 I chose Montalbano because of the Scilian lemon oil and green olives, which together will strengthen my hair and give it fantastic shine! (I am also obsessed with all things lemon scented). It is a deep cleansing shampoo bar. There is also Rosemary in this bar to keep your scalp soothed. Montalbano is VEGAN. 

 

Montalbano

 
How to use: Simply wet your hair, run the bar under some water to get it sudsy and work onto your head to get your desired lather going. Then use your hands to massage the lather into your scalp. It is VERY important that you keep the bar out of the water when you aren’t using it, to help keep from product melting away unnecessarily. Then, rinse out the shampoo! 

I am BEYOND impressed with this product. I loved the lather, the price point is excellent for 60-90 washes, and it made a noticeable difference to the shine and strength of my hair. I have been completely converted to shampoo bars and don’t see myself ever going back. 10/10, would recommend to anyone and everyone. 

Until next time 

Xoxo, 

Kat 

LIP CARE TIPS

Hey guys! Since I put up my Kylie Cosmetics review, I wanted to also do a follow-up post about lip care because matte liquid lipsticks can be so taxing on your lips.

Lip balm is your best friend. It should already be one of your buddies but, if you’re frequently putting mattes/liquid mattes on your lips, you need to compensate for all of the moisture leaving your lips by applying lip balm when you’re not wearing it! I like to put on some rosebud salve before bed every night, every morning after I brush my teeth, and any time I’m not wearing lipstick.

Exfoliate your lips. I use my Lush Cosmetics sugar lip scrub (it’s edible, yum!) in the flavor Mint Julips. Exfoliating helps give you a soft, even lip to apply your lipstick to and also helps make sure your lip balm is getting on fresh, happy skin! Simply rub the scrub on your lips, lick it off (yum pt. 2), and then put balm on! I exfoliate probably every other day but, more frequently if I’m wearing lipstick a lot that week.

Stay hydrated! The first place dehydration will show is on your lips. Drink lots of water to keep lines away and your lips plump and happy.

Until next time.

xoxo,

Kat

SITE UPDATE: NEW NAME!

Hey guys!

Since this blog is so new for me, I am constantly making changes and developing my direction. With that I have decided to change my site title from LEMONADE to ON THE ROCKS. Same style of content, just with a more stylish name!

Xoxo,

Kat

KYLIE JENNER LIPKIT REVIEWS & SWATCHES

Hey guys! So, I have FINALLY put together my review of some of the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lipkits! These lip kits are hunger-games-cornycopia hard to get and I’m coasting on a college student’s budget so it took me forever to collect even just four of them! However, here is my review of: KOKO K, CANDY K, TRUE BROWN K, and MARY JO K.

  
The cost of one kit is $29 (+ $8 for S&H). I recommend setting aside money and buying all of the ones you want at once, to save yourself from having to spend the extra 8 dollars every time you order (like I did).  Each kit comes with one lip liner and one liquid lipstick. She [Kylie] announces her restock date and time on her app, KYLIE. You order them from kyliecosmetics.com where they sell out in minutes, so you have to be on the website ready to go at launch time!

The shipping process was very straight forward and quick. All in all, I received each kit in five days or less. It’s about three days to process and two days to ship, and I live on the other side of the country. I was impressed that there were no delays or issues with any of the orders I made.

First thing I noticed was the packaging (obviously). The packaging on the kits is so simple and cute. The drip design wraps around the delivery box as well as the liner and lipstick bottle. It’s simple, makes a statement, and so very “Kylie”. Each kit comes in its own individual box donned with her lip logo and grills, with the sides of the box colored to match the kit on the inside, and the kit name on the top opening flap.

   
  
  The formula of the lip liner is very velvety and creamy. You do not need to apply a lot of pressure when putting it on your lips. I tend to over line my lips just a smidge and these liners make it very easy to do so. The pencil can be sharpened with a regular beauty sharpener.

The formula for the liquid lipsticks smells like sweet birthday cake, which I don’t mind but  also would be okay without. The liquid lipstick is very opaque, one applicator’s worth is plenty enough for an entire application. Do not put more than one layer of the liquid lipstick on, as that can cause cracking. The applicator is a standard doe foot, which I find is excellent for helping get a really even application of the product. The liquid lipstick dries matte in seconds and then you are ready to go.

Now, for the best part; swatches! Top to bottom is: KOKO K, CANDY K, TRUE BROWN K, and MARY JO K. 

  
Overall, I am more than impressed with these lipkits. I have to hand it to the youngest Jenner, these are truly a high-quality product. They last for hours, do not get patchy, and the colors are universally great on everyone. Not to mention, the products are cruelty free!   I am excited to watch her cosmetics line expand, and to grab more of her products!

Until next time. 

Xoxo, 

Kat 

 

 

 

Where I’d Rather Be… 

 

Ring of Kerry, W. Ireland

 

Life Update

Hey everyone! 

I haven’t posted in so long because I’ve been crazy busy! But I wanted to give you a little update about what I’ve been up to. Besides being at Lush and working there (which is so bomb, product reviews are coming!) I’ve been selling old, loved clothing/shoes/accessories and more on Poshmark! 

Poshmark is a resell website that is SO easy to use, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before. All you do is: 1. List your item, 2. Ship your item (they pay for shipping), and 3. Earn cash! 

Use the code JGVEF when you sign up for a $10 credit right away! There are excellent finds from high end brands like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, and more. I can’t stress how easy this website is! Not to mention, resell and shopping resell is a very green practice.  

  

Be sure to check out my closet as well, I have brands like Free People, TOMS, and LeSportsac in my closet. 
Check back soon for product reviews and other exciting things! I finally got a new memory card for my camera so I can really get down to making quality posts with solid pictures (and maybe videos)! 

Until next time, 

Kat 

Morning Views…

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The Coffee Project (New York, New York)